Degree Progress of Women Doctoral Students: Factors that Constrain, Facilitate, and Differentiate

Using survey and qualitative data, this study identified emergent themes that remain consistent across or differentiate among reports of women earning their doctoral degree relatively quickly ("early-finishers") and those taking considerably longer ("late-finishers"). Emergent themes included commitment to timely degree completion, faculty mentoring relationships, funding opportunities, family issues, relevant research experiences, and capacity to "work the system." The article also considers implications and recommendations for doctoral faculty and programs.